Good for a Laugh (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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His hearty laughter from the other side of the table caused her to ask, “What’s so funny this time?” as she looked up from the business section of the paper to pour herself another cup of coffee.
“Oh, it’s just the comics, Peanuts, to be exact.  It always gets me when Snoopy decides to perch in a tree and pretends to be a vulture,” he answered.  “And in this one, Linus tickles him on the nose to capture him and then asks Lucy what to do with the vulture once he’s caught!”
“Well, I’m very glad you find it so amusing, especially since the cost of the newspaper subscription just went up again,” she grumbled.
“As long as they don’t get rid of the humor columns and the funnies, it’s the best part of my breakfast!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Perch.      
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.      
This fence has always intrigued me.  It surrounds the entire house, although i could only get pictures from two sides.  This is a person who really likes his/her privacy (and yes, i was able to stop the car to take the photos):


Private and patriotic.
Today is:
American Birkebeiner Race — Cable to Hayward, WI, US (largest and most prestigious cross-country ski marathon; through the 24th)
Anniversary of His Majesty the King — Bhutan
Anthesteria — Ancient Greek Calendar (three day Festival of Flowers, feast of the dead, and drinking festival; date approximate)
Card Reading Day — because greeting cards can be fun to just stop and read, can’t they 
Charro Days Fiesta — Brownsville, TX, US and Matamoros, Mexico (Two Nations – Twin Cultures, the sister cities put on a beautiful celebration of the charro horsemen of Mexico, with dances, parades, and a carnival; through March 3)
Day in Honor of Dr. W. H. Lini, Father of Independence — Vanuatu
Feast of the Feralia — Ancient Roman Calendar (final day of the Parentalia, with picnics in the graveyard that included libations to the departed)
Georgia National Rodeo — Perry, GA (winners here qualify for the National Finals in December; through Saturday)
Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day — some student programs at universities are set for this weekend, as encouraged during National Engineers Week   
Lost Dutchman Days — Apache Junction, AZ, US (through Sunday; celebration of the legend of the Superstition Mountains and the Lost Dutchman Mine)
National Sticky Bun Day
Newport Seafood and Wine Festival — Newport, OR, US (featuring seafood and wine from Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho; through Sunday)
Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show — Ottawa, ON, Canada (weekend long celebration of all things outdoors)
Remember the Funniest Thing Your Kid Ever Did Day — in honor of Erma Bombeck’s birth anniversary
Sandino Day — Nicaragua (assassination anniversary of Augusto César Sandino)
Shaheed Dibosh — Bangladesh (International Mother Language Day/Language Martyr’s Day, for those who died in the Bengali Language Movement in 1952)
St. Peter Damian’s Day (Doctor of the Church)
Anniversaries Today:
Dudley Moore marries Brogan Lane, 1988
Liz Taylor marries Michael Wilding, 1952
The Washington Monument is dedicated, 1885
Birthdays Today:
Corbin Bleu, 1989
Ashley Greene, 1987
Ellen Page, 1987
Charlotte Church, 1986
Jennifer Love Hewitt, 1979
William Baldwin, 1963
Christopher Atkins, 1961
Alan Trammell, 1958
Jack Coleman, 1958
Mary Chapin Carpenter, 1958
Kelsey Grammer, 1955
Christine Ebersole, 1953
William Petersen, 1953
Olympia J. Snowe, 1947
Tyne Daly, 1946
Alan Rickman, 1946
David Geffen, 1943
John Lewis, 1940
Gary Lockwood, 1937
Barbara Jordan, 1936
Rue McClanahan, 1935
Nina Simone, 1933
Roberto Gomez Bolanos, 1929
Erma Bombeck, 1927
Hubert de Givenchy, 1927
Sam Peckinpah, 1925
Ann Sheridan, 1915
W.H. Auden, 1907
Anais Nin, 1903
Andres Segovia, 1893
Alice Freeman Palmer, 1855
Charles Scribner, 1821
John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1801
Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana, 1794
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Die Physiker”(Play), 1962
“Heartbreak Hotel”(Elvis’ Hit) 1956
“A Woman to Remember”(TV; first soap opera), 1949
“War as it Happens”(TV), 1944
“Green Pastures”(Play), 1930
The New Yorker(Magazine), 1925
The Communist Manifesto(Publication date), 1848
Cherokee Phoenix(Newspaper, first US Native American paper), 1828
Today in History:
England begins the trial against Joan of Arc, 1431
John Wilkes is thrown out of the English House of Commons for his pornographic poem “An Essay on Woman,” a satire of Pope’s “An Essay on Man,” 1764
Freedom of worship is established in France under its Constitution, 1795
The first locomotive, Richard Trevithick’s, runs for the first time, in Wales, 1804
The first Native American Indian newspaper, the “Cherokee Phoenix”, begins publication, 1828
The first known sewing machine in the US is patented by John Greenough of Washington, D.C., 1842
Sarah G Bagley of Lowell, Massachusetts becomes the first US woman telegrapher, 1846
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels publish the Communist Manifesto, 1848
The US Congress outlaws foreign currency as legal tender in the US, 1857
Edwin T. Holmes installs the first electric burglar alarm, in Boston, Massachusetts, 1858
The first Roman Catholic parish church for blacks in the US is dedicated, in Baltimore, Maryland, 1864
Lucy B. Hobbs becomes the first US woman to earn a DDS degree, 1866
Benjamin Disraeli replaces William Gladstone as English premier, 1874
The first telephone book is issued, to 50 subscribers in New Harbor, Connecticut, 1878
Oregon becomes the first US state to declare Labor Day a holiday, 1887
The North Carolina legislature adjourns for the day to mark the death of Frederick Douglass, 1895
Dr. Harvey Cushing, the first US neurosurgeon, performs his first operation, 1902
Gustav Mahler conducts his last concerto, 1911
The Battle of Verdun (WWI) begins, will last until Dec. 18; over a quarter of a million casualties, half a million injuries, 1916
The last Carolina parakeet, Incas, dies in the Cincinati Zoo, in the same cage that had held Martha, the last passenger pigeon, 4 years earlier, 1918
The Constituent Assembly of the Democratic Republic of Georgia adopts the country’s first constitution, 1921
Great Britain grants Egypt independence, 1922
The first issue of “New Yorker” magazine is published, 1925
The first instant developing camera is demonstrated in NYC, by E H Land, 1947
The British government, under Winston Churchill, abolishes identity cards in the UK to “set the people free”, 1952
Watson and Crick discover the structure of the DNA molecule; according to legend, they walk into the Eagle Pub in Cambridge and Crick announces “We have found the secret of Life,” 1953
The Peace symbol is designed and completed by Gerald Holtom, commissioned by Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, 1958
Malcolm X is assassinated, 1965
The Convention on Psychotropic Substances is signed at Vienna, 1971
The Soviet unmanned spaceship Luna 20 lands on the Moon, 1972
Former United States Attorney General John N. Mitchell and former White House aides H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman are sentenced to prison, 1975
Steve Fossett lands in Leader, Saskatchewan, Canada becoming the first person to make a solo flight across the Pacific Ocean in a balloon, 1995
Euro zone finance ministers agree on a second bailout for Greece, 2012
Scientists announce the discovery that bumblebees have the ability to sense electric fields around flowers, enabling them to identify specific flowers for pollination, 2013
Turkey sends troops to Syria to rescue 40 guards and relocate remains from the tomb of Sulayman Shah, which is now surrounded by ISIS militants; the site is internationally recognized as Turkish territory, 2015



Three Things (Six Sentence Story) and Good Fences

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“Dad, what’s a milestone?”
“Well, son, in ancient Roman times, they didn’t have those cool reflective metal signs like we have to tell you where you were and how far to the next town; instead they had big rocks, or stones, with the miles on them, I think mostly to tell you how far from Rome you were because Rome was the most important place.”
“Then why were you talking to Mom about a milestone birthday, and she was telling you to keep it quiet?”
“Oh, we now use the word ‘milestone’ to mean something important or significant, like a big, important birthday.”
“If it’s so big and important, why was Mom telling you to keep it quiet?”
“Son, no man will ever fully understand women, but I can tell you these things and they will serve you well in life:  never forget your anniversary, always get her something for Valentine’s Day, and under no circumstances, if you know what is good for you, reveal a woman’s age if you happen to know it!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Milestone.     
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.    
Another nice fence in a neighborhood i happened to be going through:


Today is:
American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting — Washington, D.C., US (a meeting of top scientist; who knows what these people will come up with next, because science is amazing! through the 16th)
Bird Mating Season begins — according to legend, in honor of St. Valentine
Blessing of the Salmon Nets — Norham, Northumberland, England & North Shields, Northumbria, England (just before midnight, nets are blessed and right after midnight, the first nets of the season are thrown out; anything caught is presented to the officiating vicar)
Day Sacred to Juno Lupa — Ancient Roman Calendar (Juno of the Wolf)
Feast of Vali — Asatru/Slavic Pagan (archer god, an Asatru answer to the Valentine celebration, which is really a thinly disguised Lupercalia)
Ferris Wheel Day — birth anniversary of G.W.G. Ferris, Jr.
Fjortende Februar — Denmark (Danish lovers send each other snowdrop flowers.)
International Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Day
International Quirkyalone Day — a day to value your individuality, whether you are partnered or not, especially for those who prefer to be single and not dating just for the sake of dating    
League of Women Voter’s Day — US
Library Lovers Day — for those whose favorite companion is a great book
Miami International Boat Show — Miami, FL, US (biggest boat show in the US, and the main event for product introductions; through Monday)
National Call In Single Day — what a lot of men who feel pressured to be romantic on this day wish they could do, i’m sure!
National Conference on Education — Los Angeles, CA, US (three day conference sponsored by the American Assn. of School Administrators)   
National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day
National Have-a-Heart Day — to create awareness of the impact of our food choices on the environment, world hunger, animal welfare and human health—especially heart health
National Nest Box Week — UK; US (begun in the UK, this is a week to build or put up a nest box in your yard to encourage our avian friends and give them safe places to raise their young) 
National Organ Donor Day — US, but no matter where you live, consider leaving instructions about this to your loved ones
Race Relations Day — originally on Lincoln’s birth anniversary, now on the day promoting love
Rafik Hairi Memorial Day — Lebanon
Read to Your Child Day — to start their love of learning early (and do it daily!)
Simplot Games — Holt Arena, Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID, US (Indoor track and field for the top high school athletes from the US and Canada; through Saturday) 
Sts. Cyril & Methodius’ Day (Patrons ecumenism, unity of Eastern and Western Churches; Bohemia; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Europe; Moravia; the Slavic peoples)
Trifon Zarezan — Bulgaria (Viticulturists’ Day; since Thracian times, a day to celebrate Dionysus and wine)
Valentine’s Day (St. Valentine of Rome, Patron of apiarists/beekeepers, betrothed couples, greeting card manufacturers, greetings, happy marriages, love, lovers, travellers, young people; Bussolengo, Italy; against epilepsy, fainting, plague)
Anniversaries Today:
Jerry Garcia weds Deborah Koons, 1994
US League of Women Voters formed, 1920
Arizona becomes the 48th US state, 1912
Oregon becomes the 33rd US state, 1859
Birthdays Today:
Drew Bledsoe, 1972
Jessica Yu, 1966
Zach Galligan, 1964
Enric Colantoni, 1963
Meg Tilly, 1960
Renee Fleming, 1959
Raymond Joseph Teller, 1948
Gregory Hines, 1946
Carl Bernstein, 1944
Michael Bloomberg, 1942
Andrew Prine, 1936
Florence Henderson, 1934
Vic Morrow, 1932
Hugh Downs, 1921
Mel Allen, 1913
Jimmy Hoffa, 1913
Jack Benny, 1894
George Washington Gale Ferris,Jr., 1859
Winfield Scott Hancock, 1824
Frederick Douglass, 1817
Mary Ann “Aunt Mary” Prout, 1801
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Cloud Nine”(Play), 1978
“The Maltese Falcon”(Publication date), 1930
“Sinbad”(Musical), 1918
“Importance of Being Earnest”(Play), 1895
Today in History:
The annals of the monastery of Quedlinburg make the first known mention of Lithuania, 1009
Approximately 2,000 Jews are burned to death by mobs or forcibly removed from the city of Strasbourg, 1349
Roman Catholic emperor Leopold I chases the Jews out of Vienna, 1670
The United States Flag is formally recognized by a foreign naval vessel for the first time, when French Admiral Toussaint-Guillaume Picquet de la Motte rendered a nine gun salute to USS Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, 1778
James Cook is killed by Native Hawaiians near Kealakekua on the Island of Hawaii, 1779
John Jervis and Horatio Nelson lead the British Royal Navy to victory over a Spanish fleet in action near Gibraltar, 1797
The apple parer is patented by Moses Coats of Downington, Pennsylvania, 1803
US Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of the US Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void, 1803
The original Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is formed in Kirtland, Ohio, 1835
In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes the first serving President of the United States to have his photograph taken, 1849
Esther Hobart Morris is appointed the first female Justice of the Peace in the US, in South Pass City, Wyoming, 1870
A.G. Bell and Elisha Gray both apply for a patent for a telephone; Bell first by only 2 hours, and is ruled the rightful inventor, 1876
The first trainload of California grown fruit, oranges, leaves L.A. for the east,1889
Voting machines are approved by the U.S. Congress for use in federal elections, 1899
The Soviet Union adopts the Gregorian calendar, 1918
The League of Women Voters is founded in Chicago, Illinois, 1920
The Bank of England is nationalized, 1946
ENIAC, the first general-purpose electronic computer, is unveiled, 1946
The Knesset (Israeli parliament) convenes for the first time, 1949
Element 103, Lawrencium, is first synthesized at the University of California, 1961
The first of 24 satellites of the Global Positioning System are placed into orbit, 1989
Space probe Voyager 1 takes photograph of entire solar system , 1990
Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous (NEAR) spacecraft becomes first vehicle to land on an asteroid (433 Eros), 2001
Love letters written between poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning are published online by Wellesley College and Baylor University, 2012 
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, now the world’s largest solar energy plant, opens in the Mojave Desert; the $2.2 billion plant, owned by Google, NRG Energy, and BrightSource energy, spans five square miles and can provide power to 140,000 homes, 2014


Vessel of Mercy (Six Sentence Story) and In Better Light (Good Fences)

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The situation was on the verge of becoming dire.
She could foresee a day in the near future when she would not be able to work, not because of physical inability to do the work or lack of a job, but because she wouldn’t be able to get there from of a lack of transportation.
Public busses in the area were ill run and inadequate, and she’d be unable to bring her equipment and supplies with her that way, even if the bus routes ran near where she was going.
Confiding in a few friends that she felt like a gerbil in a wheel, always running faster and faster but never able to make progress, was very difficult for her as she’d always just worked harder or taken on more to try to get through.
Finally she was near the wall, unable to add more work, unable to tap into any more resources, knowing if the car went out again she’d be sunk.
The confiding opened the floodgate and a vessel of mercy stepped forward, giving her a gift that bought one more repair.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Vessel.         
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
A few months ago, i took a shot of this gate/fence on a very foggy day, and it looked rather spooky.  Here it is in the early morning sunshine, a very different feel:
Today is:
Berlin International Film Festival — Berlin, Germany (a premier international film festivall; through the 17th)
Calgary Boat and Sportsmen’s Show — Calgary, AB, Canada (through Sunday)
Charles Dickens Day — read a chapter or two of his work, in honor of his birth
Daniel Boone Escape Day — he escaped from the Shawnee tribe which had captured him
Feast of Mulk (Dominion) — Baha’i
Gold Rush Days — Wickenburg, AZ, US (celebrating the Old West; through Sunday)
Ice Cream for Breakfast Day — because you have to do it at least once a year
Independence Day — Grenada(1974)
Marriage Week — UK (part of the Futureway Trust, and now observed around the world, celebrating the diversity and vibrancy of marriage as the heart of family life)     
National Fettucini Alfredo Day
National Hangover Awareness Day — internet generated and shouldn’t it be on Jan.1?
Send a Card to a Friend Day — wonder which card company created this one
Saint Theodore Stratelates’ Day (Patron of soldiers; Brindisi, Italy; for finding lost objects)
Wave All you Fingers at Your Neighbor Day — sponsored by Wellcat Holidays; wave to your neighbors, let them know you like them
Birthdays Today:
Tina Majorino, 1985
Ashton Kutcher, 1978
Chris Rock, 1965
Garth Brooks, 1962
Eddie Izzard, 1962
James Spader, 1960
Miguel Ferrer, 1954
Hector Babenco, 1946
Pete Postlethwaite, 1945
Gay Talese, 1932
Keefe Brasselle, 1923
Eddie Bracken, 1920
Oscar Brand, 1920
Larry “Buster” Crabbe, 1908
Sinclair Lewis, 1885
James Hubert “Eubie” Blake, 1883
Alfred Adler, 1870
Laura Ingalls Wilder, 1867
Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev, 1834
Charles Dickens, 1812
John Deere, 1804
Sir Thomas More, 1478
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“America’s Most Wanted”(TV), 1988
Blazing Saddles(Film), 1974
Pinocchio(Disney animated Film), 1940
“The Cat and the Canary”(Play), 1922
Kid Auto Races at Venice(first Charlie Chaplin “Little Tramp” Film), 1914
“Chantecler”(Rostand Play), 1910
“The Deserter”(first ballet performed in US), 1827
“Il Matrimonio Segreto” (Comarosa Opera), 1792
Today in History:
The Mongols burn the Russian city of Vladimir, 1238
Edward of Carnarvon,later Edward II, becomes the first English prince to hold the title Prince of Wales, 1301
The bonfire of the vanities occurs in which supporters of Girolamo Savonarola burn thousands of objects like cosmetics, art, and books in Florence, Italy, 1497
King Philip II forms an inquistion in South America, 1569
Academie Francaise begins a Dictionary of the French Language, 1639
An 8.2 magnitude earthquake shakes New Madrid, Missouri, 1812
The colonial Tasmanian Parliament passes the Electoral Act of 1856, the first piece of legislation anywhere in the world providing for elections by way of a secret ballot, 1856
The Battle at Ingogo, Transvaal: the Boers defeat superior British forces, 1881
The Great Blizzard of 1891 begins, 1891
Émile Zola is brought to trial for libel for publishing J’Accuse, 1898
Baltimore catches fire; 1500 buildings are destroyed in 80 blocks, 1904
The Mud March, the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), 1907
Charlie Chaplin debuts “The Tramp” in “Kid Auto Races at Venice,” 1914
The first wireless message sent from a moving train to a station is received, 1915
Bert Hinkler begins the first solo flight from England to Australia, 1928
Pluto moves inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since either was discovered, 1979
Astronauts Bruce McCandless II and Robert L. Stewart make the first untethered space walk using the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU), 1984
The Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party agrees to give up its monopoly on power, 1990
Haiti’s first democratically-elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, is sworn in, 1991
The Maastricht Treaty is signed, leading to the creation of the European Union, 1992
Crown Prince Abdullah becomes the King of Jordan on the death of his father, King Hussein, 1999
Bushfires in Victoria left 173 dead in the worst natural disaster in Australia’s history, 2009
In Europe, ready-meal manufacturer, Findus, withdrew its beef lasagne meals from supermarkets after confirming beef supplied by French manufacturer, Comigel contained horsemeat, 2013
All citrus fruit can be traced to the southeast foothills of the Himalayas, according to DNA study published in Nature, 2018


Casquette (Six Sentence Story) and Holding On (Good Fences)

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“Why were they called ‘casket girls’ — did someone expect most of them to die and they had to bring their own caskets and sleep in them just like some of the old crazy saints did?”
“Good guess, but the word is really derived from ‘casquette’, which was what the trunks they brought with them that held all their worldly goods were called.  These girls were orphans from convent orphanages, or young ladies being educated at convents, who were poor and were offered the opportunity to go to the New World to be wives for the French settlers, mostly in Mobile, Biloxi, and New Orleans.”
“So kind of like the mail-order brides I’ve read about?”
“Similar idea, but before there was even mail the way we think about it in the Americas, these young ladies were brought over and given to the Ursuline nuns to educate and see to it they married good young men, because the Ursulines believed you couldn’t have a good society if you didn’t have well educated women.”
“No wonder they give me so much homework!”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Trunk.     
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
Some people seem to hold on to those Christmas wreaths a bit longer than the rest of us:
Taken 3 days ago!
Today is:
Backward Day — no info on the origin, but if you want to do something backward, go ahead
Chiang Mai Flower Festival — Chiang Mai, Thailand (if you love flowers, go to this one year, the whole city is bedecked and species shown include 1,000 varieties of orchids; through Sunday)
Eat Brussels Sprouts Day —  saute in olive oil with some garlic, they are worth it!
Eve of Brigantia — Ireland (St. Bridget’s Eve, the night when she crosses the countryside and bestows blessings)
Feast of Great Typos — another that no one will claim inventing, but since we’ve all made them, we may as well celebrate them
Feast of Isis — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (date approximate)
H&ll is Freezing Over Day — internet generated day to review the list of things you said you would do when h*ll freezes over
Independence Day — Nauru(1968)
Inspire Your Heart With the Arts Day — begun by Rev Jayne Howard Feldman as a day to use art to feed your soul
National Brandy Alexander Day
National Bug Busting Day — UK (this is one idea that needs export to the whole world! the aim is to have every child checked for head lice on the same day, and thus get rid of them in one fell swoop, so they don’t circulate endlessly)
National Gorilla Suit Day — Mad Magazine’s Maddest Artist, Don Martin, says this is the day to pull that gorilla suit out of the closet and step out in style.
Phlegm-Green, Moldy-Grey, and Gazzard Day — Fairy Calendar (don’t ask what color Gazzard is, it doesn’t exist in the human world, and you don’t want it to)
Play An Old Game You Haven’t Played in Years Night — internet generated, and a great idea
Scotch Tape Day — it hit the market this day in 1928
St. John Bosco’s Day (Patron of apprentices, boys, editors, laborers, schoolchildren, students, young people-especially youth of Mexican descent)
Birthdays Today:
Justin Timberlake, 1981
Kerry Washington, 1977
Portia de Rossi, 1973
Minnie Driver, 1971
Kelly Lynch, 1959
Jhn Lydon, 1956
Nolan Ryan, 1947
Charlie Musselwhite, 1944
Richard Gephardt, 1941
Jessica Walter, 1941
Stuart Margolin, 1940
Queen Beatrix, 1938
suzanne Pleshette, 1937
Philip Glass, 1937
James Franciscus, 1934
Ernie Banks, 1931
Jean Simmons, 1929
Carol Channing, 1923
Norman Mailer, 1923
Mario Lanza, 1921
Jackie Robinson, 1919
Thomas Merton, 1915
Garry Moore, 1915
Tallulah Bankhead, 1903
Eddie Cantor, 1892
Zane Grey, 1872
Franz Schubert, 1797
Robert Morris, 1734
Tokugawa Ieyasu, Shogun of Japan, 1543
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“These Are My Children”(TV), 1949 (first daytime TV Soap Opera)
“The Green Hornet”(Radio), 1936
“The Lone Ranger”(Radio), 1933
“Three Sisters”(Chekhov Play), 1901
“Hedda Gabler”(Ibsen Play), 1891
Today in History:
Guy Fawkes is executed for his plotting against Parliament and James I of England, 1606
The first venereal diseases clinic opens at London Lock Hospital, 1747
The Corn Laws (tariffs on imported grains) are abolished in Britain, paving the way for more free trade, 1849
The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations, 1876
The Bulletin of Sydney is founded, publishes for 128 years, 1880
An automobile exceeds 100 mph (161 kph) for the first time, at Daytona Beach, driven by A. G. MacDonald, 1905
The Soviet Union exiles Leon Trotsky, 1929
Scotch tape is first marketed by the 3M Company, 1930
Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont, US receives the first US Social Security monthly payment check, for $22.54, 1940
President Harry S. Truman announces a program to develop the hydrogen bomb, 1950
A North Sea flood causes over 1,800 deaths in the Netherlands, 1953
Explorer 1 – The first successful launch of an American satellite into orbit, 1958
James Van Allen discovers the Van Allen radiation belt, 1958
Mercury-Redstone 2 – Ham the Chimp travels into outer space, 1961
The Soviet Union launches the unmanned Luna 9 spacecraft as part of the Luna program, 1966
Astronauts Alan Shepard, Stuart Roosa, and Edgar Mitchell, aboard a Saturn V, lift off for a mission to the Fra Mauro Highlands on the Moon, 1971
The first McDonald’s in the Soviet Union opens in Moscow, 1990
Comet Hyakutake is discovered by Japanese amateur astronomer Yuji Hyakutake, 1996
NASA reveals the Regolith Advanced Surface Systems Operations Robot (RASSOR), a lunar mining robot which could be used to produce fuel and water directly on the Moon, 2013
Lydia Ko, 17, becomes the youngest golfer in men’s or women’s golf history to be ranked No. 1 in the world, 2015
Sergio Matarella is elected President of Italy, 2015
“World’s best chef” French-Swiss Benoît Violier is found dead after apparent suicide weeks after being named world’s best by La Liste, 2016


Tape It Up (Six Sentence Story) and Nice Hideaway (Good Fences)

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“Hand me a strip of tape, please — yes, that’s right, and I’ll need at least three more about that size.”
“I can’t believe it broke!”
“I can’t believe you slammed it down so hard when it was full.”
“I remember when things were durable and built to last and didn’t break so easily!  We need to get one that is made of metal, not plastic.”
“If it’s made of metal, I won’t be able to lift it when it’s full, so we stick with plastic and we don’t slam it down so hard.”
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Strip.      
(The above is an almost verbatim conversation between a husband and wife, can you guess who?)
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.
This fence makes for a nice, cozy hideaway of a back yard:
Today is:
Alasitis Fair — Aymara Indians, Bolivia (offerings to the god of prosperity, now celebrated in conjunction with the Roman Catholic Feast of Our Lady of Peace, for whom La Paz is named)
Beer Can Appreciation Day — the first canned beer went on sale today in 1935
Belly Laugh Day — at 1:24pm local time, join the Belly Laugh Bounce Around the World!
Clashing Clothes Day — “officially” (although i’m not sure who declared it) on the 4th Thursday of January, but some people seem to celebrate it every day
Economic Liberation Day — Togo
Eskimo Pie Day — patented this day in 1921
Fairy-Four Paganalia — Fairy Calendar
Get to Know Your Customers Day — on the 4th Thursday of each quarter
Gold Rush Day — US (gold is discovered at Sutter’s Mill, sparking the California Gold Rush, in 1848)
National Compliment Day — begun by Debby Hoffman and Kathy Chamberlin, a day in which to compliment at least 5 people
National Peanut Butter Day
Opposite Day — internet generated, and fun if you play it right
Oregon Truffle Festival — Eugene, OR, US (celebrating the high-end culinary delight that is the lowly truffle, with seminars, cooking demos, and more; through Sunday)
Paul Pitcher Day (So called because it is the eve of the Celebration of St. Paul’s Conversion on the road to Damascus.  Cornish tin miners would traditionally set up a water pitcher in a public place and throw stones at it to destroy it.  A replacement pitcher was then bought and filled with beer, which was drunk and replenished through the day.  These miners were great inventors for reasons to celebrate, and they did this to rebel against the rule that only water was to be consumed during the work day.)
Sailing of Bast — Ancient Egyptian Calendar (people sailed the Nile to converge on Bubastis and celebrate the cat goddess; date approximate)
Sementivae, in honor of Ceres and Terra, begins — Roman Empire (one of the few dating approximate items on the Roman Calendar, as each area of the Empire celebrated according to the timing of a local magistrate, but now through Feb. 2 was a typical time)
Social Sipping and Nibbling Rehearsal Day — a day to practice cutting a piece of cake on a paper plate, using a plastic fork, and also balancing a napkin and punch in a paper cup; or practicing what clever thing you will say if you drop it all
Sundance Film Festival — Park City, UT, US (the premier US independent films festival; through Feb. 3)
St. Francis de Sales’ Day (Patron of authors/journalists/writers, confessors, deaf people, educators/teachers; Champdepraz, Aosta, Italy; against deafness)
St. Moritz Polo World Cup on Snow — St. Moritz, Switzerland (winter polo on the frozen lake of St. Moritz; through Sunday)
TV Game Show Day — birth anniversary of Mark Goodson
Winter Carnival — St. Paul, MN, US (a tradition over 100 years in the making; through February 2)
Women’s Healthy Weight Day — on the Thursday of Healthy Weight Week, encouraging women to strive for a healthy weight and lifestyle     
Ziua Unirii — Romania (Unification Day)
Anniversaries Today:
Popeye meets Olive Oyl, 1929 (in Elzie Segar’s Thimble Theater comic strip)
Birthdays Today:
Mischa Barton, 1986
Tatyana Ali, 1979
Ed Helms, 1974
Matthew Lillard, 1970
Mary Lou Retton, 1968
Nastassia Kinski, 1960
Jools Holland, 1958
Yakov Smirnoff, 1951
John Belushi, 1949
Warren Zevon, 1947
Michael Ontkean, 1946
Sharon Tate, 1943
Neil Diamond, 1941
Aaron Neville, 1941
Ray Stevens, 1939
Maria Tallchief, 1925
Jerry Maren, 1920
Oral Roberts, 1918
Ernest Borgnine, 1917
Jack Brickhouse, 1916
Mark Goodson, 1915
Granny D, 1910 (formerly Granny Haddock, or Ethel Doris Haddock, political activist)
Edith Wharton, 1862
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“I, Puritani”(Bellini Opera), 1835
Today in History:
Caligula, known for his cruel despotism, is assassinated and succeeded by his uncle Claudius, 41
Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders, 1639
The first Jewish doctor in US, Jacob Lumbrozo, arrives in Maryland, 1656
Henry Knox arrives at Cambridge, Massachusetts with the artillery that he has transported from Fort Ticonderoga, 1776
The University of Calcutta is formally founded as the first full-fledged university in south Asia,1857
The Romania principality arises under King Alexander Cuza, with Bucharest as the capital, 1862
General Baden-Powell’s publication of Scouting for Boys starts the Boy Scouts movement, 1908
The Gregorian calendar introduced in Russia by decree of the Council of People’s Commissars effective from February 14(NS), 1918
Vincent Massey is sworn in as the first Canadian-born Governor-General of Canada, 1952
A bomber carrying two H-bombs breaks up in mid-air over North Carolina. The uranium core of one weapon remains lost, 1961
Jackie Robinson is elected to Baseball Hall of Fame, 1962
Japanese Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi is found hiding in a Guam jungle, where he had been since the end of World War II, 1972
Soviet satellite Cosmos 954, with a nuclear reactor on board, burns up in Earth’s atmosphere, scattering radioactive debris over Canada’s Northwest Territories. Only 1% is recovered, 1978
The first Apple Macintosh goes on sale, 1984
Voyager 2 passes within 81,500 km (50,680 miles) of Uranus, 1986
Japan launches Hiten, the country’s first lunar probe,and the first lunar probe launched by a country other than Soviet Union or the United States, 1990
Lara Giddings becomes the first female Premier of the Australian state of Tasmania , 2011
European Bioinformatics Institute scientists announce they have successfully stored audio and text on fragments of DNA, and retrieved them with 99.99% accuracy – the first time in history DNA has been used for data storage, 2013
On this 10th anniversary of the Opportunity rover landing on Mars, NASA announces the rover has discovered clay minerals indicating water flowed on Mars early in the planet’s history, 2014
Officials at the World Health Organization state that the number of new Ebola cases is rapidly declining, signaling a reversal of the epidemic, 2015


It Just Happened, That’s All (Six Sentence Story) and Sunbeams (Good Fences)

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You can call it fate or destiny or whatever you want, it really came down to the fact that i was getting equipment out of the car, and Sweetie went to the door first.
He rang the bell to let the clients know we were there, and even from the car i could hear the dog was barking before the door opened.
Henri, the Bichon Frise, apparently doesn’t like the doorbell, and barks even when he hears one on TV.
He pushed his way past the door as soon as it was opened and defended his territory, biting Sweetie’s leg; the very thick jeans he was wearing protected him, but one tooth actually caused the denim material to scratch his skin, without the tooth even penetrating the material.
A bit of rubbing alcohol and a band-aid was all that was needed, and it has scabbed and is healing well.
The clients were more upset than we were, and Henri let both of us pet him once he calmed down, he’s really a good dog, just excitable when he hears the doorbell.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Destiny.       
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
It wasn’t so much the fence as the sunbeams that made even an old fence look more interesting than it usually is:


Today is:
Apple Wassailing Day — Carhampton, England (ancient tradition to bless the trees, waking the tree spirits and scaring away bad spirits)
Blessing of the Animals — Hispanic Christian (in association with St. Anthony’s Day)
Creativation — Phoenix, AZ, US (largest Craft and Hobby Association show of the year; through the 21st)
Ditch Your New Years Resolutions Day — no info on origin, but probably someone who gave up; will you?
Felicitas — Ancient Roman Calendar (honoring the goddess of good luck)
Festival International du Cirque de Monte-Carlo — Espace de Fontvielle, Monte Carlo (the best circus acts and performers from five continents; through the 27th)
Festival of Janus — Ancient Roman Calendar (main festival for the god of beginnings, endings, and doorways)
Hot Heads Chili Day — no clue what this one means, but i guess we can have chili for dinner
Kid Inventors’ Day — celebrating how inventive kids are; on the birth anniversary of Ben Franklin, who invented swim fins at age 12
Liberation Day — Poland (liberation from the Nazis in 1945)
Make Your All-Time Top Ten Favorite TV Characters List — because nothing says you can’t make your own top ten lists
Milwaukee Boat Show — Milwaukee, WI, US (where boys can find their big toys; through the 27th)
National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Nosso Senhor de Bonfim Festival — Salvador, Brazil (Our Lord of the Happy Ending Festival, at the church by that name, the celebrations begin with washing the steps of the church today and celebrations run through this Sunday and to the next)
Patras Carnival — Patras, Greece (the town crier announces the opening ceremony, with festivities through Clean Monday)
Patrice Lumumba — Democratic Republic of the Congo (Heroes’ Day)
Popeye Day — The Sailor Man debut in the comics this date in 1929
Professional Boxer’s Day — Ali’s birth anniversary
St. Anthony the Great’s Day (a/k/a Anthony of Egypt, Anthony the Abbot, Patriarch of the Abbots; Patron of amputees, animals/domestic animals, basket weavers, brush makers, butchers, cemetary workers/grave diggers, epileptics, hermits, monks, relief from pestilence, swine/hogs, swineherds; Hospitaliers; Burgio, Sicily, Italy; Canas, Brazil; Castrofilippo, Agrigento, Italy; Fivizzano, Italy; Fontainemore, Italy; Mook, Netherlands; Sant’Angelo Lodigiano, Italy; against eczema, epilepsy, ergotism, erysipelas, pestilence, Saint Anthony’s Fire, skin diseases and rashes) related observance
    Blessing of the Animals at the Cathedral — Church of San Antonio, Mexico City, Mexico (where this saint is San Antonio Abad)
Uzhavar Thirunal — PY, TN, India (Farmer’s Day portion of the Pongal celebrations)
Wings Over Willcox — Willcox, AZ, US (tours of the playa and wetlands, birding, workshops, and more; through Sunday)
Zirgu Diena — Ancient Latvian Calendar (Day of the Horses)
Anniversaries Today:
George Burns marries Gracie Allen, 1926
Octavian marries Livia Drusilla, BC38
Birthdays Today:
Kid Rock, 1971
Naveen Andrews, 1969
Michelle Obama, 1964
Jim Carrey, 1962
Susanna Hoffs, 1959
Anthony Glise, 1956
Andy Kaufman, 1949
Muhammad Ali, 1942
Maury Povich, 1939
Shari Lewis, 1934
James Earl Jones, 1931
Don Zimmer, 1931
Vidal Sassoon, 1928
Eartha Kitt, 1927
Betty White, 1922
Al Capone, 1899
Nevil Shute, 1899
Robert Maynard Hutchins, 1899
Mack Sennett, 1884
David Lloyd George, 1863
Anton Chekhov, 1860
Anne Bronte, 1820
Benjamin Franklin, 1706
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Frontline”(TV), 1983
“The Goldbergs”(TV), 1949
“Popeye the Sailor Man”(Comic character created by Elzie Segar, in the Thimble Theatre comic strip), 1929
“The Cherry Orchard”(Chekhov Play), 1904
“The Rivals”(Sheridan Play), 1775
Today in History:
Pope Gregory XI moves the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon, 1377
Cesare Borgia returns in triumph to Rome from Romagna, 1501
Giovanni da Verrazzano begins his voyage to find a passage to China, 1524
The Edict of St Germain recognizes Huguenots in France, 1562
England’s Long Parliament passes the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War, 1648
An avalanche destroys every building in Leukerbad, Switzerland, kills 53, 1718
Capt James Cook becomes the first to cross Antarctic Circle (66° 33′ S), 1773
The first cable car patented, by Andrew S Hallidie (begins service in 1873), 1871
Queen Liliuokalani is deposed, the Kingdom of Hawaii becomes a republic, 1893
Sir Robert Falcon Scott reaches the South Pole, one month after Roald Amundsen, 1912
The first fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented, 1928
Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg, credited with saving tens of thousands of Jews from the Nazis, is arrested by secret police in Hungary, 1945
The United Nations Security Council holds its first meeting, 1946
The Goldbergs, the first sitcom on American television, first airs, 1949
The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 thieves steal more than $2 million from an armored car Company’s offices in Boston, Massachusetts, 1950
The world’s first nuclear-powered submarine, the Nautilus, makes its maiden voyage, 1955
A B-52 bomber collides with a KC-135 Stratotanker over Spain, dropping three 70-kiloton nuclear bombs near the town of Palomares and another one into the sea in the Palomares incident, 1966
Harald V becomes King of Norway on the death of his father, Olav V, 1991
The Czech Republic applies for membership of the European Union, 1996
Mount Nyiragongo erupts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, displacing an estimated 400,000 people, 2002
Rioting begins between Muslim and Christian groups in Jos, Nigeria, which resulting in at least 200 deaths, 2010
Japan unveils plans to build the world’s largest wind farm near the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, 2013
Academics report that a pelvis bone discovered in Winchester 1999 may belong to King Alfred the Great or his son, Edward the Elder, 2014


Don’t Quit Your Day Job (Six Sentence Story) and Holidays Hang On (Good Fences)

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“I have a new joke to tell at the comedy club tonight!”
Okay, I’ll bite, try it.
“Boudreaux an’ Thibodeaux be done travelin’, an’ dey be tryin’ get on de plane wit’ a dead ‘dillo[armadillo].  
Dey be axed, “Would you like to check that as luggage?” 
An’ Boudreaux say, “Mais, no, cher, c’est carrion!”
You need new material.
Linking up with Denise at Girlie On The Edge Blog, where she hosts Six Sentence Stories, and the cue is Material.      
Gosia, of Looking for Identity, has taken over Good Fences, and it’s now Good Fences Around The World.  Post a picture of a fence or gate, link back to her blog, and go visit other blogs to see what interesting fences there are out in this big world.     
It can take a while to get in the mood to take down Christmas:
Picture taken yesterday.
Today is:
Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival — Chicago, IL, US (18th annual, celebrating the best in local and national sketch comedy; through the 2oth)
Feast of St. Geraint — Wales (legendary Welsh hero who fought King Arthur)
Majority Rule Day — Bahamas
National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
National Cut Your Energy Costs Day
Peculiar People Day — an internet generated day to celebrate all the strange and peculiar people in your life, including me!;)
Sinulog — Cebu City, Philippines (a very colorful ten day festival about the pagan origin of the people, and their acceptance of Roman Catholicism; the Grand Parade, highlight of the festival, is on the 20th)
St. Peter Orseolo’s Day
Sturdy Flat-Heeled Shoes Appreciation Day — listed on many sites, and since i appreciate them, i included it
The Fairy Lunch — Fairy Calendar
Ultimate Fishing Show — Detroit, MI, US (through Sunday)
Vaudoun Day — Benin (Traditional Religions Day, with a huge festival in the seaside town of Ouidah)
Where’s The Beef? Day — the Wendy’s slogan premiered this day in 1984
Winterskol — Aspen, Colorado (Aspen’s annual “toast to winter”, through Sunday)
Word Nerd Day — originated by Maria Schneider of WritersDigest (to celebrate those who enjoy playing with words)
Anniversaries Today:
Princess Margriet of the Netherlands weds Pieter van Vollenhoven, 1967
UN General Assembly first meeting, 1946
Uniform Penny Post (the reformed postal system) starts in the UK, 1840
Birthdays Today:
Pat Benatar, 1953
Bonnie Hellman, 1950
George Foreman, 1949
Rod Stewart, 1945
Jim Croce, 1943
Sal Mineo, 1939
Bill Toomey, 1939
Gisele MacKenzie, 1927
Johnnie Ray, 1927
Paul Henreid, 1908
Ray Bolger, 1904
Robinson Jeffers, 1887
Grigori Rasputin, 1869 (O.S.)
Mary Ingalls, 1865
George Washington Carver, 1864
Charles Ingalls, 1836
Debuting/Premiering Today:
“Masterpiece Theater”(TV), 1971
“That Was The Week That Was”(TV, US version), 1964
“Finian’s Rainbow”(Musical), 1947
“Arsenic and Old Lace”(Play), 1941
“Pete the Tramp”(Comic strip), 1932
“Street Scene”(Play), 1929
“Rosalie”(Musical), 1928
Today in History:
Julius Caesar crosses the Rubicon, begins a civil war, BC46
“Common Sense” by Thomas Paine is published, 1776
Napoleon divorces Josephine, 1810
Poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning begin their correspondence, 1845
The first underground railway opens in London, 1863
John D. Rockefeller incorporates Standard Oil, 1870
The first great Texas oil gusher is discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas, 1901
The League of Nations is established, 1920
The United States Army Signal Corps successfully conducts Project Diana, bouncing radio waves off the moon and receiving the reflected signals, 1946
The United States and the Vatican establish full diplomatic relations after 117 years, 1984
Torrential rain in the Lockyer Valley region of South East Queensland, Australia causes severe flash flooding, killing 9 people, 2011
Indonesia’s Mount Sinabung erupts again, with pyroclastic flows streaming down the volcanic slope, causing the evacuation of about 22,000 people, 2014
Commercial space company SpaceX successfully launches its Falcon 9 rocket, which releases the Dragon cargo ship into orbit to the International Space Station and then returns to Earth with a rough landing, 2015
Jeff Bezos becomes the second man worth over $100 billion, 2018